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Jeff M

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Subj: Re: Dukat again-Trek's most developed villian
Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 at 08:11:00 am EDT (Viewed 84 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Dukat again-Trek's most developed villian
Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 01:21:52 pm EDT (Viewed 85 times)

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    Waltz was amazing, I just thought having him both be nuts and possessed undermined a lot of the multi faceted personality they showed before. I'd have rather seen him rationalize his way into total evil with his usual self focused morals and personality than have both of those "excuses."


The way I've always seen Gul Dukat is that he's not 100% evil. But the part of him not being evil makes the evil he does do so much worse. If he was 100% you could write him off as a bad guy and be done with him. He could have been a better person but decisions he made along the way narrowed his options. His defeats almost always came about due to his character flaws...not by chance, not by divine intervention...he usually sowed the seeds for every defeat he ever had (and all those Cardassians murdered by the Dominion in the last days of the war...even that's on his head...he destroyed the empire by seeking an alliance between the Domion and Cardassians)

Gul Dukat's that guy who if history had gone another way he could have been seen as a great man. But his ego and his pettiness and his bizarre desire to be loved by the Bajorans he oppressed were always his undoing.


I completely agree with your assessment, and its why I liked the character as well. There are several times where he is an actual (if arrogant) hero to Cardassia and even the main cast occasionally.

I think that's what freaked the writers out when he was being liked by the audience that led them to pushing him toward more standard villainy in the last season.

Imagine how much more powerful the scene would have been instead of killing Dax off handedly while being possessed, there was a conversation where he insisted on taking the orb, and insisted that he didn't want to kill her, but once more made decisions where he could rationalize he was "forced to."

I kind of feel like they knew the show was ending so they crammed in the Pah Wraith stuff at the end to finish the Dukat-Sisko arc instead of just focusing on the Dominion War, which would have likely happened if they knew they had more seasons coming.

Jeff


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